Article by Danielle James
On Monday Feb. 13, Michael Flynn resigned as the U.S. national security advisor following reports that he had lied about his conversations and connections to Russian leaders. In his resignation letter, Flynn said he gave U.S. officials, such as Vice President Mike Pence, “incomplete information” about calls he had with the Russian ambassador to the US.
Flynn told the vice president that he did not discuss Russian sanctions with the ambassador. Pence had then taken Flynn’s word for it, relying solely upon his account of the conversation, and then repeated to the public what Flynn had said.
The Justice Department had told the White House that Flynn was open to blackmail by Russia due to the disparities between his public statements and what intelligence officials knew to be true about said conversations.
The Associated Press reported that Flynn was “in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergey Kislayk on the day the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russia…”
Just a few hours before his resignation, Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Trump, said on MSNBC that Trump had “full confidence” in Flynn.
The New York Times reports that Flynn’s resignation was emailed to reporters, and not communicated to the National Security Council staff.
The White House has said retired Army Lt. Gen. Joseph K. Kellogg Jr. would be replacing Flynn as acting national security advisor.
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